Foreign Languages

Middle School Courses

FL001 – Latin I

Latin I introduces students to the myth, literature and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The text, Ecce Romani, emphasizes the learning of Latin vocabulary and grammar, skills that increase the students’ understanding of the English language and prepares them for the study of modern languages. The adventures and stories of the fictional Cornelii family give the students a feel for Roman culture and daily life in A.D. 80. Latin I is required for all 7th graders and is a prerequisite for Latin II.

FL011 – Latin II

This class, an elective option for 8th grade students, continues the study of the Latin language, introducing past verb tenses and a more thorough understanding of noun declensions. We continue our acquaintance with the Cornelii family as they make their way to Rome. In myth, we will study Greek heroes and the qualities that make a hero. At the completion of Latin II, students will move on to their choice of modern language.
Prerequisite: Latin I and permission of instructor

High School Courses

Graduation Requirements: minimum three credits required within Grades 9-12; four credits recommended.
Students will take the first three years of their modern language in the same language; students wishing to switch from one language to another may do so after having successfully completed the third year course. Students who pass a foreign language course but whose progress has not sufficiently prepared them for success in the next course will repeat the prior course. They will receive a foreign language credit for the retaken course and a generic core credit for the credit earned in the prior course. (Example: A student who earns a D in Spanish II in Grade 10 will repeat Spanish II in Grade 11 and then be required to complete Spanish III in Grade 12. The credits in Grades 9, 11, and 12 count for the three required credits and the credit in Grade 10 counts as a generic core credit toward the overall requirement of 20 core credits.)

FL111 (FL021 in Middle School) – French I

The students will begin working on speaking, reading, listening to and writing French. This first year in particular, the students will learn how to accomplish basic tasks in French, using all four of the abovementioned skills. In addition, the students can expect to begin learning about France and the French, as well as French-speaking people around the world.
Prerequisite: None

FL211 – French II

Using the four skills necessary for proficiency – speaking, listening, reading, and writing – the students will continue to learn about the French-speaking world and continue to work on being able to communicate in daily interactive situations. There will be an increasing emphasis on oral proficiency this second year.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in NPA’s French I or by placement exam

FL311 – French III

Again, through using all four proficiency skills –speaking, listening, reading and writing – the students will continue their study of grammar and the Francophone world. There will be an increasing emphasis on writing as well as on oral work.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in NPA’s French II or by placement exam

FL411 – French IV

The students should expect to improve in all four areas of language acquisition: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The vehicles for much of this will be the reading and studying of short stories, the study of French films, a revision of grammar and the writing of compositions. Occasionally, there will be short units on French Art and History.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in NPA’s French III or by placement exam

FL131 (FL031 in Middle School) – Spanish I

Spanish I provides the fundamentals of pronunciation, basic vocabulary, and grammar of the Spanish language. The class is designed to give students the foundations that satisfy basic social situations. By the end of the course students will have a working knowledge of the present indicative tense of the language. Students will develop basic communication skills in reading, writing and speaking in Spanish. Students are also introduced to different cultures and traditions of the Spanish speaking world. Prerequisite: None

FL231 – Spanish II

Spanish II builds on the basics of pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar of the Spanish language learned in Spanish I. The class is designed to help students acquire the skills necessary to satisfy routine social demands. Students will continue to improve upon mastering the present and preterit tenses as well as being introduced to the imperfect and progressive tenses and will begin to discuss when to use the preterit versus the imperfect. Students will strengthen their communicative skills for reading, writing, speaking and listening with an emphasis on daily interactive situations in Spanish. Students will also gain a wider knowledge of cultures of the Spanish speaking world.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in NPA’s Spanish I or by placement exam

FL331 – Spanish III

Spanish III continues to build on the information of the previous two years of Spanish. There is a greater emphasis on oral proficiency; however a significant amount of time will be applied to reading and writing. Students should begin mastering the preterit and imperfect tenses. They will be introduced to the subjunctive mood and perfect tenses. Students should have the skills necessary to satisfy social demands and limited work requirements. Students continue to learn about Spanish speaking cultures as well as have a chance to encounter Hispanic cultures first hand by participating in a Hispanic Immersion experience.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in NPA’s Spanish II or by placement exam

FL431 – Spanish IV

Spanish IV continues to build on the information of the previous three years of Spanish. There is a greater amount of emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency as the class is conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. Students master all pervious tenses as well as synthesize and fine tune all information learned in the past several years of study. New grammar structures to be learned include the future and conditional tenses as well as the past subjunctive. Students also study various forms of literature, film and music of the Spanish-speaking world. Students should have the skills necessary to satisfy social demands, including more abstract conversations involving social and political world issues, and limited work requirements. Students continue to learn aspects of Hispanic cultures as well as have a chance to encounter them first hand by participating in a Hispanic Immersion experience.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in NPA’s Spanish III or by placement exam

FL151 – American Sign Language I

In American Sign Language (ASL) I, students will learn college-level conversational sign skills enabling them to begin comfortably communicating with the deaf community. Students will learn the ASL alphabet and number system, appropriate facial expressions, and grammar which accompany the language. Students will also being research of deaf culture and its origin.
Prerequisite: None

FL251 – American Sign Language II

American Sign Language (ASL) II is structured to continue the knowledge and growth of ASL and its expressive and receptive skills. Students will advance their studies in college-level ASL, enabling them to confidently communicate with the deaf community. Students will interact more frequently with the deaf community and continue their growth and development in ASL grammar, vocabulary, and cultural awareness.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in NPA’s American Sign Language I